This One Word Beautifully Explains The Complicated World Around Us

Have you heard it before?

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The word is “sonder” and it’s my favorite word.

I saw this simple gif (below) a few years back and upon reading the definition, immediately connected with the meaning. It articulated a magical unknown connection that I hadn’t been able to pinpoint previously.

The biggest lesson from sonder, for me at least, is to be empathetic to the complexities of the lives around you. It’s easy to get in your own head, to think everything revolves around you. In reality, the lives of every passerby are just as complicated as your own.

See you tomorrow.